Higher Education Grants of Interest to African Americans

money-bag-2Here is this week’s news of grants to historically Black colleges and universities or for programs of particular interest to African Americans in higher education.

Historically Black Virginia State University received a $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to develop a training program for veterans and displaced workers. The grant will establish a training program to develop workers for the nation’s wireless networks.

drpayneHoward University, the historically Black educational institution in the nation’s capital, received a four-year, $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to expand the number of educational leaders in the field of speech pathology. The grant program is under the direction of Kay T. Payne, a professor of communication sciences and disorders. Professor Payne holds a Ph.D. in communication and science disorders from Howard University.

Patricia Matthews-JuarezThe University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis received a $50,000 grant from Gilead Sciences Inc. to conduct an education and community awareness program about hepatitis C in the African American community. The grant program will be under the director of Patricia Matthews-Juarez, professor in the department of preventive medicine and co-director of the Research Center on Health Disparities, Equity, and the Exposome at the UTHSC.

Pomona College in Claremont, California, received a $250,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to fund the college’s Eyes on Africa initiative. The two=year program aims to highlight the diversity of Africa through the performing arts. Guest speakers, artists, musicians, performers, and scholars will visit the Pomona campus over the next two years as part of the program.

The Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta received a $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for programs to provide access to care for African American adults at risk of depression and cardiovascular diseases in urban areas and rural communities. The project is under the direction of Kisha B. Holden, an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the medical school.

Historically Black Kentucky State University in Frankfort received a $199,138 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to assist veterans and economically disadvantaged farmers in increasing the profitability of their operations.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham received a grant of nearly $3 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to decrease racial health disparities in the city of Birmingham. The grant will fund programs to improve nutrition and increase physical activity among African Americans in low-income neighborhoods.

DR._Brown_resizedHistorically Black Fayetteville State University in North Carolina received a $124,155 grant to establish a Peace Corps recruiting office on campus in conjunction with the department of social work. The program will be under the direction of Terri Moore Brown, chair of the department of social work. Dr. Brown holds a master of social work degree from East Carolina University and a doctorate in higher education administration from North Carolina State University.

The United Negro College Fund received a $270,000 grant from the WellPoint Foundation to fund an internship program for students at UNCF member institutions. Under the program 15 students will be selected for eight-week summer internships each year from 2015 to 2018.

Historically Black Delaware State University in Dover received a $501,100 grant from the National Science Foundation. The money will be earmarked for the acquisition of a scanning electron microscope that will be used for research in the College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Technology.

Hampton University, the historically Black educational institution in Virginia, received a $900,000 grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to develop vascular protection against certain pathogens. The research is geared toward developing inhibitors that can protect vascular health in the event of a bio-terror attack.

Historically Black Clark Atlanta University received a $231,500 grant from the Chevron Corporation to provide scholarships and academic support for students in the university’s business and engineering disciplines.

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